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NEW MOON - Feb. 16-23

(March 21 to April 19)

Venus and Mars arrive triumphantly in your sign for what is going to be one of the most intense and interesting periods of this year. At work there are still highs and lows, but now is the time to get involved without ifs and buts. In love, it's impossible to ignore the conspiracies of the heart, as this weekend will bring a meeting that takes your breath away. Couples strengthen their intents, but those who doubt are ready to turn a page — perhaps with a secret relationship.

TEMPO: vivace trionfando

(April 20 to May 20)

Recently you haven't felt heard or appreciated for your efforts at work. Considering changing collaborations, business or associates isn't necessarily a bad thing. From this week on, thoughts will start to change into action: New opportunities will arise for a more solid and stable future. In love, couples look for economic support to fulfill a dream. Singles are socialites: Bet everything on a Pisces or Virgo.

TEMPO: andante allargando

(May 21 to June 21)

Your touchiness in recent weeks has put a strain on your relationship. A change at work, for example, a transfer, has often been discussed, sometimes to the point of upsetting the status quo of your couple. From this weekend on — if you haven't dealt a knockout blow to your relationship — you can go back to talking about it. Lonely hearts can also go back to falling in love, especially part-time. At work, the first glimmers of new opportunities appear.

TEMPO: andantino incalzando

(June 22 to July 22)

This New Moon shows you what's in store for you in the future, with some encouraging news or changes prospects in both work and love around Feb. 18-19. But despite these long-term goals, from the weekend on a period of doubt begins, involving a lot of re-thinking and fatigue. There are external factors that will make your path harder and discourage you to take the leap. Patience will be rewarded.

TEMPO: allegretto rallentando

(July 23 to August 22)

Finally, this week will see the long-awaited transformation of Leo. No more complaints, just action: Look at your goals "objectively" and dash toward the new. There will be a harvest of good deals and resolutions both at work and home — but it all depends on how you sow. Accept even the smallest of imperfections. Those in new relationships should think again, especially on Feb. 21 and 22.

TEMPO: presto appassionato

(August 23 to September 22)

Despite the opposition of this New Moon, it's a good time to begin collaborations, partnerships, or new ventures. Sure, everything is difficult — and Feb. 19 is definitely a day you should keep an eye on. Even in love, the heart goes into a period of review. It all depends on how much you have argued, but for some there is the possibility of a breakup. Spring brings new things, especially to singles who are now coming out of hibernation.

TEMPO: lento animato

(September 23 to October 23)

A period of great professional commitments and challenges is beginning. Many of you have already been offered new proposals or positions in work. Your finances and career have to grow and you shouldn't to be snobby about it. Watch out for some economic discontent that may be already rising this weekend. Even in love, commitments are becoming distant, or someone is driving you crazy. What do you want to do?

TEMPO: marcia indemoniata

(October 24 to November 20)

It's a testing period for new couples. Do you go on in this relationship or let it go and make way for new, unexpected and interesting meetings that the New Moon on Feb. 19 brings? Mind you, the stellar situation doesn't lead to anything official or concrete. Not now. Work takes on a busier schedule, but in an environment of strength and recovery.

TEMPO: allegro moderato

(November 21 to December 22)

It must be said: This New Moon falls into an annoying quadrature which can bring about thoughts relating to the home or family. But thanks to the positive thrusts of other planets, there is also the right grit to help you face some mishap without putting brakes in your way. Similarly, even affections need clarification. A critical day is Feb. 19, but by the weekend both dialogue and a solution will come easily. It's the same mood at work: discussion — then looking for a deal.

TEMPO: adagio risolvendo

(December 23 to January 20)

This week, there are two important days for work: Monday can bring confirmations or recognition that get you ahead in a project or new assignment; Thursday is special for agreements, short trips or transfer requests. There is an opportunity for dialogue and clarification, especially with a family member with whom relations have recently cooled. I suggest you do it now, because by the weekend your enthusiasm may lessen. In love, you'll notice a lack of interest or even distance from your partner.

TEMPO: vivace rallentando

(January 21 to February 21)

Jupiter stays in its opposition, but this week there will be opportunities for a raise or a better position. Thoughts become clear again: Objectives are more straightforward, actions more focused and planned. There is a desire to optimize efforts and get rid of things that are a waste of energy — in some cases, getting rid of a partnership that isn't fruitful. There's always some time for love, but singles will be more excited from the weekend on. Passions are fleeting with Leo or Scorpio.

TEMPO: allegretto brillante

(February 22 to March 20)

This New Moon is beautiful in your sign. I would call it a "wild card" — but still, exercise extreme caution! The days around Feb. 19 are determining, both at work and in love. A transfer, a reconciliation, a meeting, or an important project: You will get to make decisions that will affect the next few months. Tiredness persists, even at the mere thought of what's waiting for you, but you should concentrate on your goal.

TEMPO: allegrissimo eroico

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How Nepal’s “Left-Behind” Children Of Migrants Hold Families Together

Children left to fend for themselves when their parents seek work abroad often suffer emotional struggles and educational setbacks. Now, psychologists are raising alarms about the quiet but building crisis.

How Nepal’s “Left-Behind” Children Of Migrants Hold Families Together

Durga Jaisi, 12, Prakash Jaisi, 18, Rajendra Ghodasaini, 6, and Bhawana Jaisi, 11, stand for a portrait on their family land in Thakurbaba municipality.

Yam Kumari Kandel

BARDIYA — It was the Nepali New Year and the sun was bright and strong. The fields appeared desolate, except the luxuriantly growing green corn. After fetching water from a nearby hand pump, Prakash Jaisi, 18, walked back to the home he shares with his three siblings in Bardiya district’s Banbir area, more than 500 kilometers (over 300 miles) from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. As it was a public holiday in the country, all his friends had gone out to have fun. “I’d like to spend time with my friends, but I don’t have the time,” he says. Instead, Jaisi did the dishes and completed all the pending housework. Even though his exams are approaching, he has not been able to prepare. There is no time.

Jaisi’s parents left for India in December 2021, intending to work in the neighboring country to repay their house loan of 800,000 Nepali rupees (6,089 United States dollars). As they left, the responsibility of the house and his siblings was handed over to Jaisi, who is the oldest.

Just like Jaisi’s parents, 2.2 million people belonging to 1.5 million Nepali households are absent and living abroad. Of these, over 80% are men, according to the 2021 census on population and housing. The reasons for migration include the desire for a better future and financial status.

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